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AAP govt. harassing me for summoning Bharti: DCW chief

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Ms. Barkha Singh, Chairperson Delhi Commmission for Women. Delhi. A fiel photo: Monica Tiwari.
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Ms. Barkha Singh, Chairperson Delhi Commmission for Women. Delhi. A fiel photo: Monica Tiwari.

Barkha Singh refuses to step down from post

Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh on Wednesday accused the AAP government of harassing her for summoning Law Minister Somnath Bharti in connection with the south Delhi raid episode and refused to step down from the post.

A former Congress MLA, Ms.Singh had a public confrontation with Mr.Bharti’s lawyers last week when they came to depose before the DCW on his behalf in the case of alleged harassment of a number of Ugandan women. Ms.Singh, who had lost the Assembly election from R.K.Puram, said she was holding a constitutional post and there was no need to resign from it though the Congress dispensation, which had appointed her, was defeated.

Earlier this month, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Arvinder Singh Lovely had asked all partymen to quit from various posts in government-run boards and commissions, following convention.

“It is a constitutional post and I still have one year and four months left in my tenure. The AAP government is harassing me and targeting me because I summoned Mr.Bharti in connection with the ill-treatment of Ugandan women during the midnight raid in Khirki Extension,” Ms.Singh said.

When asked about Mr.Arvinder Singh Lovely’s direction to partymen to relinquish their posts in boards and commissions, the DPCC chief said he had withdrawn his directive. A number of AAP leaders said that in keeping with the tradition, Ms.Singh should have resigned after her party was ousted from power.

The DCW chairperson had summoned Mr.Bharti over allegations that he had led a group of supporters against some African women after claiming they were involved in a drug and prostitution racket. Mr.Bharti did not depose before the Commission on January 24 as directed but sent his lawyers who were not allowed to put across their views by Ms.Singh.

“Those Ugandan women had come to me with their complaints and I did my duty. If they are removing me because I summoned the Law Minister, then it is totally wrong. It is an atrocity against me,” Ms.Singh said.

The AAP, in a statement, had accused Ms.Singh of “politicisation” of the Commission by its chairperson.

Ugandan women, Ugandan women, what charge or proof has been found
against Somnath Bharti so far? What has Ms Barkha Singh done for the
Indian women, or more particularly Delhi women? Sounds like she is
Chairperson of Ugandan Commision of Women. All these politicians want
is to hang onto some post of power with all their might.

AAP is taking the right step to appoint an apolitical person to this
very important post considering how infamous Delhi is for sex crimes.

from:  Anurag
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 22:13 IST

what can be expected from aap anarchists

from:  kalyan
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 21:34 IST

What kind of argument is that Mr. Lovely has withdrawn directive. Request Barkha
Singh, to please step down, and keep dignity of constitutional post. Given that you
are affiliated to congress party, and you are not selected by voting mechanism, it is
bound to happen that you will be biased toward Congress party. Hence, you should
resign gracefully, instead being removed.

from:  Ramanuj
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 21:23 IST
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